Pedro Ferreira Awarded the Information Systems Society Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award (2018)

I was awarded the ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award for my contributions to research, teaching and service to the IS community. The award “… recognizes and honors early career individuals who are on a path towards making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.” For more information, please visit the link below.

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Paper on the Welfare Properties of Profit Maximizing Recommender Systems Conditionally Accepted at MISQ

My paper on the welfare properties of recommender systems that maximize profit, with Xiaochen Zhang, Miguel Matos and Rodrigo Belo, has been conditionally accepted for publication at MISQ. This paper shows conditions under which the recommender system that maximizes profit hurts consumers. Essentially, consumers seem to exhibit a lower price elasticity of demand for items placed in salient slots irrespective of their underlying quality. Armed with this knowledge, firms may strategically place products with higher margins in such slots earning more profit and reducing consumer surplus. We show results from a randomized field experiment allowing us to measure the magnitude of these effects using the video on demand system of a large VoD provider. We also discuss how repeated interaction with the recommender system may be insufficient to address the loss in consumer surplus.

Pedro Ferreira Speaks at the Business School, George Mason University

Binge Yourself Out: the Impact of Binge Watching on the Subscription of VoD

Business School, George Mason University

October 2018

Pedro will give a talk on the impact of binge watching on the subscription rates of video on demand at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. This paper shows that binge watching reduces the likelihood of VoD subscription because binge watchers consume content at a very fast pace. They exhaust the catalog of interest to them quickly, which reduces their interest in the remaining movies and TV shows, decreasing their interest in purchasing access on a monthly basis.

Pedro Ferreira Speaks at Fox School of Business, Temple University

Binge Yourself Out: the Impact of Binge Watching on the Subscription of VoD

Fox School of Business, Temple University

October 2018

Pedro will give a talk on the impact of binge watching on the subscription rates of video on demand at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. This paper shows that binge watching reduces the likelihood of VoD subscription because binge watchers consume content at a very fast pace. They exhaust the catalog of interest to them quickly, which reduces their interest in the remaining movies and TV shows, decreasing their interest in purchasing access on a monthly basis.

Two Papers Accepted for Presentation at CIST

My papers on the interplay of signals from friends and from the crowd on the search and purchase of experience goods (with Chris Yang and Miguel Matos) and on the effect of smartphone in classrooms on student performance (with Zhe Deng, Aaron Cheng and Paul Pavlov) have been accepted for presentation at the Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST).

Two Papers Accepted for Presentation at CODE@MIT

My papers on the interplay of signals from friends and from the crowd on the search and purchase of experience goods (with Chris Yang and Miguel Matos) and on the effect of smartphone in classrooms on student performance (with Zhe Deng, Aaron Cheng and Paul Pavlov) have been accepted for presentation at the Conference on Digital Experiments at MIT (CODE@MIT) and at the Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST).

Paper on the Effect of Shortening Lock-in Periods in Telecoms Conditionally Accepted at MISQ

My paper on the effect of shortening lock-in periods in the telecommunications industry, with Chris Yang and Miguel Matos, has been conditionally accepted for publication at MISQ. This paper estimates switching costs in triple-play services and shows that reducing lock-in periods may not always increase welfare because of the capital fixed costs associated to the additional reallocation of consumers among firms.

New Randomized Field Experiment with Kooledge

A new partnership between Kooledge and Colegio Valssassina has just started. Our goal is to test several hypotheses regarding the potential of learning-by-teaching as a mechanism to improve performance. Students in the 12th grade are using Kooledge as a tool to study probabilities. Stay tuned for preliminary results coming out soon.

Pedro Ferreira Promoted to Associate Professor

I have been promoted to Associate Professor (w/o tenure) at Carnegie Mellon University with a major appointment in the School of Information Systems Management at the Heinz College and a minor appointment in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at the College of Engineering.

Three Papers Accepted at the Symposium on Statistical Challenges in E-Commerce Research

Three papers have been accepted for presentation at SCECR 2018: “Mobile Distraction in Class: An Empirical Investigation on Smartphone Use Policies”, with Zhe Deng, Aaron Cheng and Paul Pavlov; “The Impact of DNS Blocking on Digital Piracy Activity”, with Filipa Reis and Miguel Matos; and “Binge Watching and the Subscription of Video on Demand: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment” with Miguel Matos.